Dr. Levent Yilmaz

Professor
Computer Science and Software Engineering and
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Auburn University
Email: yilmaz@auburn.edu
I am a faculty member of Computer Science and Software Engineering with a joint appointment at the department ofIndustrial and Systems Engineeringin the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University.
 
     
Research Interests 
    
Agent-Directed Simulation - Agent Simulation, Agent-Based Simulation, Agent-Supported Simulation

Simulation Theory & Methodology 
  • Self-Organizing and Self Adaptive Systems
  • Model-Driven Engineering
  • Reproducibility and Replicability in M&S
  • Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems
Complex Adaptive Systems  Computational explorations in socio-technical, cognitive, cultural systems:  Science of science and innovation policy, systems models of collective creativity, computational models of scientific discovery, conflict simulation, computer simulation of projects, organizations, communities, and processes.

Software Modeling and Design  -  Cognitive models of design, conceptual structures and processes of creative design.

          Quote "Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes."  E. W. Dijkstra
     


  Selected Honors and Awards  
  • Best Paper Award, 2014 IEEE International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, USA.
  • Best Paper Award, 2012 International Summer Simulation Multiconference. Genoa, Italy.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 2012.
  • Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 2011.
  • Best Paper Award, 2011 Emerging Applications of Modeling and Simulation in Industry and Academia (EAIA) Conference. Boston, USA
  • Auburn University External Consulting Award, Auburn University, 2010.
  • Member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society in Computing Sciences.

  Selected Professional Activities 
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (2008 - present).
  • Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Simulation and Process Modeling  (2004-present).
  • Associate Editor of the Springer Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling Journal (2012 - present).
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Engineering Education  (2006 - present).
  • Associate Editor of the Simulation & Gaming Journal (2008 - present).
  • Elected Member of the Board of Directors of Society for Modeling and Simulation International (2006 - 2008, 2009 - 2011, 2011 - 2013).
  • Vice President for Publications of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (2011 - 2013).
  • General Chair (with Osman Balci, Maarten Sierhuis, and Xiaolin Hu) of the 2009 Summer Computer Simulation Conference
  • Founding Organizer and General Co-chair (with Greg Madey, Maarten Sierhuis, Tuncer ren, and Yu Zhang) of the annual Agent-directed Simulation Symposium series.

 
Selected Recent Publications 

Complete list is available here
  • Mentis A. and L. Yilmaz (2014). "Validation and Analysis of a Distributed, Agent-Based Metaheuristic for Negotiation of Consensus Inspired by Honeybee Nest Site Selection Behavior," in Proceedings of the IEEE Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, pp. 269-276. January 6-9, 2014. Hawaii. (Best Paper Award).
  • zmen ., J. Smith, and L. Yilmaz (2013). "An Agent-Based Simulation Study of a Complex Adaptive Collaboration Network," in Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 412-423. December 8-11, 2013. Washington D.C.
  • Tolk A., B. L. Heath, M. Ihrig, J. J. Padilla, E. H. Page, E. D. Suarez, C. Szabo, P. Weirich, and L. Yilmaz (2013). "Epistemology of Modeling and Simulation," in Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference, pp. 1152-1166. December 8-11, 2013. Washington D.C.
  • Stevens G., B. D. Edwards, and L. Yilmaz (2013). "Success within Virtual Scientific Community Data Systems: The Roles of Structure and Demography," in Proceedings of the Academy of Management Conference, 12 pages. August 9-13, 2013.
  • ren T., M. Kazemifard, and L. Yilmaz (2013). "Machine Understanding and Avoidance of Misunderstanding in Agent-directed Simulation and in Emotional Intelligence,"in Proceedings of the SimulTech'13: 3rd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies, and Applications, pp. 318-327. July 29-31, 2013. ReykJavik, Finland.
  • Mentis A. and L. Yilmaz (2013). "Adapting a Natural System Simulation Model to a General-Purpose Metaheuristic: Toward Engineering Emergent Distributed Decision-Making," in Proceedings of the 2013 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, pp. 749-754. July 7-10, 2013. Toronto, Canada. (Best Paper Award).
  • Morris-King J. and L. Yilmaz (2013). "Toward an Agent-Based Ecological Model of the Triple-Helix Theory of Innovation Dynamics," in Proceedings of the 2013 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, pp. 272-279. July 7-10, 2013. Toronto, Canada.
  • Taylor E. S., A. Khan, K. L. Morse, A. Tolk, L. Yilmaz, and J. Zander (2013). "Grand Challenges on the Theory of Modeling and Simulation," in Proceedings of the Symposium on Theory of Modeling and Simulation (TMS'13), 2013 Spring Simulation Multiconference (SpringSim'13), pp. 556-563. April 7-10, 2013. San Diego, California.
  • Yilmaz L. (2012). "Reproducibility in M&S Research: Issues, Strategies, and Implications for Model Development Environments," Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 457-474.

      Teaching 
  • COMP 7740: Complex Adaptive Systems
  • COMP 8700: Agent-Directed Simulation
  • COMP 3700: Software Modeling & Design
  • COMP 3220: Principles of Programming Languages
  • COMP 7730: Formal Methods for Software

     
News and Upcoming Papers
  • Negahban A., L. Yilmaz, and T. Nall (2014). "Manufacturing Capacity Planning for New Product Diffusion: An Agent-Based Simulation Approach," accepted, to appear in the International Journal of Production Research.
  • Teran-Somohano A., O. Dayibas, L. Yilmaz, A. E. Smith (2014). "Toward a Model-Driven Engineering Framework for Reproducible Simulation Experiment Lifecycle Management," accepted, to appear in Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference. December 7-10, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Topcu O. and L. Yilmaz. (2014). "Agent-Supported Simulation for Coherence-Driven Workflow Discovery and Evaluation," accepted, to appear in Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference. December 7-10, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Yilmaz L., F. Darema, R. Fujimoto, S. J. E. Taylor (2014). "Panel: The Future of Research in Modeling and Simulation," accepted, to appear in Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/ACM Winter Simulation Conference. December 7-10, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Isci S., O. Topcu, and L. Yilmaz (2014)."Extending the Jadex Framework with Coherence-Driven Adaptive Agent Decision-Making Model," accepted, to appear in Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'14). August 11-14, Warsaw, Poland.